~ wont type in DOS

  kimjhon 22:53 01 Jan 2004

I cant get the '~' ( forget what its called ) to work in Dos from within Windows or from the prompt.

Any suggestions, please ?

  BBez 22:55 01 Jan 2004
  VoG II 22:55 01 Jan 2004

It's called a tilde.

What do you get ?

  short-circuit 22:56 01 Jan 2004

Do you get any symbol at all when you press that key? If you get a different symbol what is it? Which version of Windows have you got?

  DieSse 23:01 01 Jan 2004

It'll be because your keyboard is not set up correctly to match it's layout.

I presume we're talking UK keyboard layout here??

Can you say what OS in order to specify how the keyboard language is set up, please.

  Pesala 23:30 01 Jan 2004

Just under the ESC key, shift ` type a tilde in DOS

  woodchip 23:42 01 Jan 2004

It should not make any difference in DOS windows is not running. Try a new keyboard

  woodchip 23:44 01 Jan 2004

PS how are you entering DOS from the Start button or from a floppy disc

  DieSse 23:51 01 Jan 2004

"It should not make any difference in DOS windows is not running."

It certainly will, DOS needs the correct code page specified if you use anything other than a US layout keyboard (the DOS default layotu).

  DieSse 23:57 01 Jan 2004

To get the keyboard correct in DOS (and in DOS from earlier Windows versions click here

explains how.

Basically you need the command

keyb uk

in the autoexec.bat file

  DieSse 23:59 01 Jan 2004

"DOS needs the correct code page"

Sorry - badly put - DOS needs the correct keyboard layout command, as above.

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